U.S. Weapons in Cartel Hands? Blame Uncle Sam
A PJM investigation into which U.S. military weapons are showing up south of the border.
May 18, 2011 - 12:00 am
President Barack Obama blames the little guy, but Uncle Sam — and not the small-business gun dealer — is the primary supplier of heavy weapons to the Mexican drug cartels in America’s “Third War.”
1. U.S. Defense Department shipments to Latin America, known and tracked by the U.S. State Department as “foreign military sales.”
2. Weapons ordered by the Mexican government, tracked by the State Department as “direct commercial sales.”
3. Aging but plentiful arsenals of military weapon stores in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
In each and every instance, the U.S. government is responsible for supplying weapons to the cartels: either directly via the ATF’s Gunrunner scandal routes, or indirectly via military sales and military assistance.
But precisely what weapons are we supplying the cartels? A PJ Media investigation found the weaponry seized from cartels that can only come from the U.S. government, which is trying to shift the blame to American small businessmen.
These are the weapons the U.S. has provided to the cartels:
M2 Browning .50 BMG Machine Gun
First captured in Mexico in April of 2009, the “Ma Deuce” is the most powerful machine gun in the U.S. military arsenal. It has been used in aircraft, ground vehicles, tanks, and in dug-in fortifications by our nation since before the Second World War. It can bring down low-flying aircraft and shred police cars — even police stations — with brutal efficiency.
Most of the M2 heavy machine guns in cartel hands have come from corrupt military and government officials in Mexico selling military weapons as part of direct commercial sales. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has been accused of directly selling two M2s to cartels as part of the current Gunrunner scandal. Those weapons have not been recovered.
M60 Machine Guns
The M60 is the general purpose machine gun that made Rambo famous and accompanied Animal Mother on his famous charge in Full Metal Jacket. Dozens have been recovered in Mexico from cartels. Neither the U.S. government nor the Mexican authorities seem to have an interest in disclosing where these devastating weapons originated.